Bloom Skin Clinic
What is Micro-Needling?
Dermapen & Eclipse Micro-needling is a customized treatment that is performed by gently gliding the pen over the contours of the face, neck, decolletage (chest) or body. It creates several hundred microscopic vertical channels into the dermis. This minimally invasive treatment is designed to stimulate your skin’s ability to repair itself to yield a natural production of new collagen and elastin.
This treatment is chosen to improve the appearance of large pores, acne scars, surgical scars, a variety of hyper-pigmentation, stretch marks, fine lines, wrinkles and other skin texture issues. This treatment is also beneficial for thickening thin skin, as well as reducing the dimpling appearance of cellulite.
Who is a candidate?
Micro-Needling can be used on anyone, however there may be a few contraindications that would be discussed in the consultation.
- No fear of hyper pigmentation.
- Suitable for any part of the body.
- Suitable for all skin types.
- Suitable for any skin color or ethnicity
- Suitable for thin and sensitive skin.
Who can perform Micro-Needling?
It is a Medical Grade, state of the art device available to Licensed & Certified Skincare Professionals that are Dermapen Providers. It is commonly performed at:
o Skin Care Centers with a Medical Director
o Plastic Surgery offices
How does it work?
Micro-Needling creates precise, controlled micro injuries to initiate the induction of our own biological response factor that triggers new collagen synthesis. The micro channels that are created also allows for a window of high efficacy of product penetration.
What to expect in the consultation?
Your Micro-Needling Provider who has completed the C.I.T. micro-needling training will conduct a thorough consultation.
During the consultation they will discuss:
o What is Micro-needling
o What the benefits are for choosing this treatment option
o Any health contraindications that you may have
o If you are a candidate for the treatment
o How many treatments you should receive
o The spacing of those treatments
o A recommended treatment plan
o Areas you would like treated
o Discussion of topical anesthetic
o What you need to do to prepare for the treatment
o What to expect during the treatment
o What to expect after the treatment
o How to care for your skin post treatment
How many treatments are recommended?
Like any skin treatment the number of treatments required will be determined in the consultation based upon your individual treatment goals and the health of your skin. It is common that patients receive a series of 3-6 treatments spaced about 4 weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars, 6-8 sessions at 4-6 week intervals may be recommended. Your Micro-Needling provider will develop a maintenance plan to help maintain the rejuvenating effects.
How much does it cost?
Each Full session ranges from $195 to $395 depending on the area. Some full body parts may be more.
What areas can be treated?
o Breast (implant scar)
o Breast (reduction scar)
o Tummy Tuck / C-section Scar
How does it compare to lasers?
The Micro-Pen initiates an injury response using micro-needling – a technique that creates hundreds of temporary micro channels or openings in the skin without injuring the skin using THERMAL ENERGY or skin removal. These are called fractionated injuries.
Clinical studies have shown professional micro-needling to be MORE effective than ablative treatments like laser resurfacing and just as effective as non-ablative treatments like IPL, CO2 laser, and Fraxel in stimulating collagen and elastin production to thicken the skin thereby reducing wrinkles and smoothing scars.
Medical micro-needling, when properly done and combined with effective skin care products and treatments have been shown to give as good or better results than laser or Fraxel treatments.... and at a fraction of the cost!
Compared to fractionated laser treatments, micro-needling not only spares the epidermis, it strengthens it.
The result is thicker, healthier looking skin.
Micro-Neeling & Acne/various Scars?
A scar is the result from wound repair in the skin. The skin will attempt to heal by replacing normal skin after the injury with fibrous tissue. The scar tissue results as the collagen becomes deformed and thickens. All scar tissue is composed of the same collagen as the tissue it has replaced, but the composition is different . Instead of a basket-weave formation of fibers, the collagen in scar tissue is aligned in a single direction resulting in a pronounced and thicker appearance.
Acne scars are actually a loss of skin integrity that causes a breakdown of the adjacent tissue that leads to a depression.
To read more about this visit our Scar & Stretch mark page
How does Micro-Needling help w/ Scars?
Micro-Needling is specifically geared for remodeling scars, textural issues and skin resurfacing.
This treatment can be adjusted so that the needles penetrate up to 2.5 mm deep into the dermis (dermal/deep layer) where acne scars lie. These scars are then fragmented resulting in a break down of the fibrous and uneven scar tissue. The process of scar remodeling occurs and can provide drastic results improving the appearances of the acne scars.
The micro-injury caused by Micro-Pen needling is much deeper than lasers can go, due to its ability to penetrate deeply while at the same time transmitting no heat or risk for burns it is a very safe treatment for acne scars in all skin colors.
- stimulates growth of new tissue and nourish existing skin
- encourages your collagen and scars to remodel.
- breaks up fibrous and uneven scar tissue
- help create new collagen & elastin (collagenesis)
- new capillary growth to improve blood supply to the area
- provides a healthy foundation for new skin growth.
How does In Office Micro-Needling
compare to home derma-rolling devices?
Home dermal rollers have a barrel with small needles. As the barrel is rolled across the skin the needle starts at one point and slices through the skin coming out at the end point.
The Micro-Pen is a vertical micro-needling device versus a barrel rolling device.
Micro-Pen uses a sterile disposable cartridge with straight needles to penetrate specifically at a 90-degree angle. It uses a stamp like motion to avoid the slicing action. The Pen treatment delivers variable speeds and adjustable depths which allows the provider to create a multitude of micro-channels other than a home roller Micro-Needling allows the ability to treat the skin deeper in the dermis with more accuracy and precision.
The lightweight device allows the provider to specifically target delicate areas around the eyes, nose and mouth safely that dermal rollers cannot.
In addition, the home dermal rollers are not able to be sanitized properly; they can bend, break, rust and could result in a possible scarring or infection with improper re-use.
Celebrities & Micro-needling:
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